Viola cornuta ‘Icy but Spicy’
Viola cornuta ‘Icy but Spicy’, a fabulous name that captures this cultivar’s unique colouring: a cool icy blue that fades to white with striking black rays (like whiskers). Viola cornuta ‘Icy but Spicy’ is the first viola we ever bought and is still a favourite. Hardy and reliably perennial. Good in the border but neat enough to work well in pots too.
Viola cornuta is a species native to the mountain pasturelands of the Pyrenees and is known for being hardy and robust. The flower shape is distinct and attractive, with narrow petals and a long thin upward pointing spur at the back which gives it the common name of the Horned pansy. They are particularly good for ground cover and work well scrambling through border fronts or underplanting roses. Flowering for most Viola cornuta cultivars starts in May and continues through to September. Though they tolerate a wide range of conditions, they are happiest in humus rich soils with reasonable drainage, in sun or partial shade (avoiding the hottest areas of the garden – they don’t like to be baked). Give plants space in a border to get established. We recommend planting in groups of three to achieve a good sized clump of 20-40cm in height and 30-50cm diameter (depending on cultivar).